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ENGL 234: American Literature & Culture: Hamilton!: Books

This guide supports further research into Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical masterpiece, 'Hamilton'.

What about books?

Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for establishing historical and cultural background or placing your topic in context with related issues.  Search Collins Library Primo Search for titles.  A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed on this page.

Strategies for Finding Books

1.  Start with specific titles suggested in subject encyclopedia entries.

2.  Identify the Library of Congress Subject Headings for that book to identify additional books on the topic.

3.  Make sure that the book is scholarly. Remember that scholarly books are written by experts and typically are published by a university press or other academic publisher like Routledge, and will include the "scholarly apparatus" of notes and an extensive bibliography.

4.  Use the Preview feature, if available, to skim through the contents via Google Books.

Biographies

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Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Collins Library, like most academic libraries in the United States, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books.  If you are researching a topic or an author about whom much has been written, you can use Library of Congress Subject subheadings to help pinpoint your search.

Here are several examples of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:

Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Hamilton, Alexander,1757-1804 -- Political and social views

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775 1783 -- Women

United States -- History -- Confederation,1783 -1789

United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783

Political culture -- United States -- History -- 18th century

Hamilton & the American Revolution

Theatre

Hip Hop

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
email: kcurtis@pugetsound.edu
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tel: (253) 879-3672
office: Collins Library 140

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